MCM Free Community Christmas Dinner (Volunteers Needed!)
Manitowoc Cooperative Ministry (MCM) is a unique ministry of Peace United Church of Christ and First Presbyterian Church. We believe that even amid a Pandemic, people still deserve a special Christmas. So our Christmas Community Dinner on December 16, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM is still on. It will be different and this is where we need your help!
This year we will be serving meals-to-go carhop fashion. People will pull into the parking lot, elves will come to take orders, Mr and Mrs Santa will visit the cars with gifts for any kids. Music will be playing and Christmas joy will abound!
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
- ELVES — We need elves to take orders and deliver meals to cars. We are looking at three 30 minutes shifts. Each shift needs at least 12 volunteers (you could work more than one shift). Elves will be masked and have temperatures taken before their shift starts. Costumes encouraged!
- RUNNERS — We 4 people who can run food from the kitchen to our temporary serving kitchen in the Church Library. They can take 30 minutes shifts or work the whole night.
- GIFT BAGS — We need folks to create gifts bags for the kids. We estimate 100 might be needed in this way. They can have toys, sweets, storybook, ornament, etc… One bag “fits” all is the easiest. If you or your group could make/sponsor these that would be great! We don’t know what the cost would be.
- CLEAN UP — Clean-up will be different this year as will not have dishes from 230 diners to wash. But we still need a crew that wash, clean, sanitize.
- SET UP — Set will be done earlier in the day on Wednesday, Dec 16. We will be turning our Church Library into a warming/serving kitchen for the night so we can serve from a place right next to the Parking Lot.
- DONATIONS — This year we are looking raise $15,000! The cost has gone up as we need to take out containers of various shapes and sizes every week, We have had to buy new equipment and the big thing is we need to replace the old carpeting in the Dining Room (hopefully with tile).
Contact us if you have questions or can help!
Join us for our first ever Virtual Cardboard City!
November 1st to November 14th
Join us for this year’s Cardboard City event, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, The Haven, and Hope House. All 3 agencies are working to help the homeless in our community.
Cardboard City is a homeless experience where individuals, families or groups will spend the night in cardboard boxes, simple tents, or in their own car to experience what many homeless families and individuals go through. A simple meal will be served for dinner and there will be activities, entertainment and presentations throughout the evening.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Missed the deadline to sign up to participate? Fear not! You still can! Participants still have the opportunity to participate and help raise money toward homelessness as Hope House, Habitat for Humanity, and The Haven partner together to help our community.
Prizes will be awarded to the team or individual with the most money raised and the best cardboard shelter.
Even if you can’t participate this year, give us a share so we can keep fighting this fight together and bring awareness. You can share — and sign up — by clicking on this Facebook page:
2020 LAKESHORE CAP 0.5K “RACE!”
Watch HERE for news on the 2020 “Race for the Rest of Us,” a fun run to benefit Lakeshore CAP’s programs throughout our communities!
ABOUT THE, UM, RACE
This, um, race may be the most grueling of your life. This tongue-in-cheek event is geared to the classic underachiever, who wants to participate in an, um, athletic competition and train for it by sleeping in late, eating donuts and drinking beer. We’ll celebrate ALL abilities and underachievers − and you’ll have bragging rights for participating in the punishing 546.8 yard/1640 feet event! PLUS, you’ll be raising money for a local cause!
Sponsor or Have Fun Volunteering at this Event!
We ARE accepting sponsors for the 2020 Lakeshore CAP 0.5k Race — AND fun volunteers for food, rest stops and cheerleading! Please contact Kate or Colleen at 920-682-3737.
. . . And follow this link to read about Lakeshore CAP and the programs you’ll be, um, “racing” for: https://lakeshorecap.org/
PLEASE LEND YOUR VOICE TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE!
Opportunity to Serve on the Lakeshore CoC Steering Committee
Lakeshore CAP is seeking individuals and agencies to help steer and direct funding for those who are homeless in our service area of Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan counties. Currently, there are approximately 60 homeless households waiting for Lakeshore CAP’s housing programs in these areas. The Lakeshore CoC (Continuum of Care) Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.
Continuum of Care is a Planning Process
The goal is to understand the size and scope of the problem of homelessness in a community and design effective strategies and solutions to address it. To carry out the purpose of the CoC Program, HUD requires representatives of relevant organizations (e.g., nonprofit organizations, victim services providers, local governments) to form a Continuum of Care to serve a certain geographic area. Specifically, we would like participation from:
- A current or former homeless individual
- Local government officials
- Law enforcement
- CDBG entitlement staff
- Affordable housing developers
- Local hospitals
- Interested community members
PLEASE JOIN US!
Lakeshore CoC Quarterly Meetings
The Lakeshore CoC will meet on a quarterly basis during the months of March, June, September, & December. All members share a common purpose to provide quality services in an effort to end homelessness!
If you are interested or have questions, please call Kate Markwardt, Lakeshore CAP, 920.682.3737
TRAINING TO BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER
April 26th – CASA Pre-Service Training Begins!
This is your chance to become a CASA Special Advocate volunteer! 30 hours of training over a 5-week period with 3 hours per week via Zoom and 15 hours independently. Contact us or fill out an application at: CASA Volunteer Application
CASA of East Central Wisconsin is proud to be one of Wisconsin’s local non-profit organizations. We strive to provide specially selected and trained volunteers as advocates for abused and neglected children. These children are under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system in Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties. We began in Manitowoc County in 2004 under the umbrella agency of Lakeshore Community Action Program. From there, CASA of East Central Wisconsin filed to become its own nonprofit entity with a mission to expand its services and reach more child abuse victims throughout Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties.
For fundraisers, events, to learn more about becoming a Special Advocate in Manitowoc County or to contact CASA, call Julie Ribley at (920) 242-6727 or go to https://www.facebook.com/ManitowocCASA/